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  • The asdfmovie series has a possible example: two days before April Fools' Day 2011, creator TomSka and animator RageNineteen responded to fan ZxHeiserxZ's request "Make an ASDF film/movie for like 20 mins or so :D" by making the Stylistic Suck-filled THE TWENTY MINUTE ASDFMOVIE in 20 minutes.
  • Homestar Runner has done a few April Fools' Jokes.
    • In 2003, homestarrunner.com became kingoftown.com, complete with a new intro and main page featuring the not-at-all-popular incompetent ruler of Free Country, USA. ("King of Town! Hooray!")
    • In 2004, the site was replaced with a bogus domain registration site from the fictional Thorax Corporation... which was actually a flash cartoon where Stinkoman showed up to fight an animated GIF of a shovel-wielding stick figure. ("Hey, Stickly Man, whaaaat are you doing?")
    • In 2005, the site was replaced with a (fake) main page for a subscription service, HomestarRunner.com Pay PLUS!
    • In 2006, all the cartoons and main pages on the site were flipped upside-down. This caused some problems with Action Script on the site, and, to two tropers' dismay, the Strong Bad Email "Virus".
    • In 2009, the Monday before had featured a cartoon called "Sbemailiarized Entertainment", in which after a long lack of Strong Bad E-mails, Strong Bad decided there wasn't really a big difference between sbemails and other cartoons, and he could just stick himself answering an e-mail at the beginning and end of any old cartoon and it would work. After a very long prank hiatus, the day itself had the intro movie replaced by a Sbemailiarized version.
    • In 2010, the site's intro was suddenly replaced with HSR Xeriouxly Forxe, a parody of Darker and Edgier reboots.
      Revamped for the nineties!
      So much more exciting!
      Pointy elbows and lots of lightning!
      Edgy and angry, so zesty and tangy!
    • In 2014, the site got its first update in 4 years! The new toon is full of Homestar and Strong Bad lampshading how the site hasn't been updated in such a long time, and the two update aspects of the site that are mere footnotes from the site's early days (including what seems like a tease for a new Strong Bad Email... that ends with minor updates to the all-but-forgotten Windows 98 desktop themes).
    • In 2015, the site announced the first Strong Bad Email in about 5 years. The actual video has Strong Bad trying to read emails off various electronic appliances before remembering he has a computer. When he realizes it's April Fool's Day, Strong Bad refuses to answer any emails and starts to rant about how the internet ruined the holiday. He then decides to celebrate April Fool's Day the traditional way; by pranking people in person. He finally waits until midnight (in-universe) so that it's not April 1 any more, and decides to check an e-mail for real. At which point the cartoon abruptly ends with "April Fools!"
    • In 2016, they released the first episode of Marzipan's Answering Machine in about seven years... which resulted in a massive backlog and nearly thirty minutes of messages, detailing various gags and Noodle Incidents that happened in that period of time, including Coach Z getting arrested, Strong Sad trying to reinvent himself, Homestar getting obsessed with such fleeting fads as planking and the Ouya, and Strong Bad prank-calling Marzipan.
    • In 2018 they uploaded "The Next April Fool's Thing", a short where a crudely drawn little girl makes up the story as it's happening, and after a while she sets up an Overly Long Gag featuring a loading screen that lasts a hundred seconds. Then, a new Strong Bad Email interrupts that short... and then, after that is done too, the little girl short ends with Stinkoman punching Bubs so hard he flies off into space.
  • In 2015, a "special episode" of TOME was released. It was announced as an original episode that follows the characters on a important quest. Though the extremely Deranged Animation makes it quite hard to be taken seriously.
  • Episode 17 of Making Fiends was released on April Fools' Day. Absolutely nothing was strange about it. Well, besides the fact that every dialogue was spoken in Bulgarian. A subbed version was later released... in Intentional Engrish for Funny.
  • In 2008, Alvin Earthworm made an animation of the head from Mario Teaches Typing 2 giving a Rickroll. See it here.
    • In 2009, he redid a fight scene from the most recent episode, but with all the characters' sprites replaced by images of Sprite cans. In addition, the background was replaced with sausage packs.
    • In 2010, Luigi is Dio Brando.
  • This image was released on the Inanimate Insanity Facebook page on April 1st, 2014. Obvious backlash ensued.
    • On April 1st 2015, a video was released which started with the cast appearing to be killed due to the overflow of views on Inanimate Insanity II... only for the typical April Fools Day horn to play and for an update to the store to be announced.note 
  • Zero Punctuation's April Fools gags:
  • In the Undertale parody Underpants, the Genocide ending was released on April 1st. The 'Genocide ending' is just a repeated animation of a weird looking Sans (called SANAESSSS) while a version of Megalovania played by Sr Pelo (titled Megalovonio) plays in the background. The real Genocide ending was then released months later.
  • For Starters, the creator showed the "unaired pilot". It's just a younger version of Dane (the creator) playing with two poorly-drawn pictures of Pikachu and Squirtle on popsicle sticks doing skits.

    Web Comics 
  • In late March 2006, the Chris Hastings and Kent Archer of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja posted on the site news that they thought they were being stalked by ninjas. On April 1, this was followed up by a post in which the ninjas killed Hastings and Archer, then imitated them and announced the end of the comic.
    • In 2008, they put up this comic, which was only slightly odder than the comic's usual fare.
  • The Book of Biff did this at least twice. In both instances, an established element of the comic is rendered differently and the author blocks out any comments pointing these out. The very next day he unblocks the comments, posts the non-joke version of the same comic, and moves the joke comic to a different page.
  • In 2009, Brawl in the Family was briefly replaced with the rather bizarre Waluigi in the Family, or WitF, starring Waluigi. It updated 17 times over the course of the day. The eight-digit strip numbers were a nice touch.
    • In 2010, the front page was adorned with a "letter from Nintendo" ordering the comic to shut down. It listed the comics that Nintendo had issue with, and their offenses. In summary, the letter ordered the comic to shut down because Waluigi hates it. Underneath the letter, there were also new Waluigi in the Family comics.
    • In 2011, the comic was called "Philips' Box", with its jokes based on the CD-i games. The main story was that Mario hits a box, freeing the spirits of the CD-i games. Over time, King Dedede goes crazy since Kirby, Waddle Dee and Adeline had been possessed by the spirits and wonders what could end their insanity. At that moment, Waluigi comes back from his vacation and scares the spirits away back into the box.
    • In 2012, the author was sick, so he wrote a Waluigi apology letter.
    • In 2013, he announced he was turning the webcomic into a Playstation All Stars Battle Royale fancomic.
    • In 2014, the author brought back Waluigi in the Family, concluding with a comic in which Daisy and Luigi tell Waluigi off, and he goes to work for Wario at Wario Ware Inc.
    • The comic was still at it even in 2015, after the comic had officially ended! An image was posted on the front page of the website, claiming Brawl in the Family had been uncancelled. Then you scroll down... "Just kidding.
  • In 2008, Darths & Droids (which uses images from the Star Wars films) claimed they had received a cease-and-desist letter from Lucasfilm, and would henceforth be making the comic using photographs of themselves re-enacting the films. (Move mouse over the comic image)
  • In 2009, The Chosen Four was taken over by Porky, who declared himself the new lead of the comic.
  • Queen of Wands very briefly put up a shot of one of the characters tearfully confessing she was pregnant, to fan concern. Soon after, this was replaced by a different, jokey comic. Later in the Story Arc, the same pregnancy scene was used exactly and unironically. On April 1st.
  • In 2008, Dinosaur Comics, Questionable Content, and xkcd all temporarily stole each other's websites.
  • In 2009, the author of Goblins claimed that the author of Least I Could Do had used one of his characters without permission and that he was suing.
  • In 2008, Gunnerkrigg Court replaced the latest page (at the time) with this.
  • The splash page released on April 1st 2019 for chapter 5 of Legio Arcana revealed a love triangle plot complete with Thalia sweeping Tim off his feet
  • Nature of Nature's Art added a temporary panel one April Fools' Day where, after Meander kills Rule, the corpse gets back up and says, BOO.
    • 2010's April Fool's joke is an elaborate and surprisingly thoughtful comic about a sullen looking man who adopts a Pikachu, Shows it enough of the world and all of its good and evil that it becomes enlightened, and uses it to win a tournament. It really has to be seen to be believed.
    • 2011 continued the tradition with a comic about a man who creates "the next human brain". And then the Pikachu from last year's April Fools comic shows up and takes him into another dimension. Or something like that. It's a bit of a Mind Screw.
  • For 2008, in The Phoenix Requiem, Jonas gets into his TARDIS and vanishes (pictured above).
  • In 2009, Shortpacked!! ran this Roomies! comic, with the explanation that, since the Shortpacked! storyline had become fundamentally broken, Willis was doing a reboot of the entire Walkyverse.
  • In 2008, The Wotch celebrated by having Robin abruptly decide, "Oh, who cares if this makes sense or not, I'm doin' it!" and dramatically smooch Cassie. 2009 took a different angle by saying that since Anne (the author) had hurt her arm, which she had, Jason would be taking over the artwork for the next month. It actually went over pretty well, even among those who bought it.
  • El Goonish Shive had not one but two non-canon arcs for April Fools' Day, the first (called April Fool's Week) consisted of odd fillers that featured things like Tedd and Sarah making outnote , Sarah becoming a Were-Squirrel and the page not actually being drawn one day. The second (known as II slooF lirpA) followed Dan accidentally altering the rules of the dimension, transforming all the characters.
  • The Whiteboard has done an AFD strip since the first one after the strip began, most of them playing on the general theme of Fanservice. In 2009, the author changed the front page to look like a directory listing, including folders for "alternate storylines", a "passwords" text document, and a well-executed Rickroll. Readers actually called the site's host to warn them of the security hole.
  • In 2010, xkcd redid its main page to look like a Unix terminal, complete with a command line interface and MUD Shout-Out jokes (type "look", or "go south"). You can still find the terminal here.
    • For 2011, all of XKCD's comics are in 3D. This is also still findable.
    • 2012 brought us a comic which becomes completely different comics on different web browsers or operating systems, and sometimes even changes due to your physical location on Earth. One appeared only to people who signed up to see Randall's talk at CNU.
  • In 2010, Questionable Content updated with a page straight out of Magical Love Gentleman, complete with matching page layout. Glowing crotches are involved.
  • In 2010, Dinosaur Comics replaced the entire cast with Nedroid characters (Reginald in place of T. Rex, Beartato in place of Utahraptor, etc). Not just in the latest page, but in the entire archives.
  • In 2010, Unwinder's Tall Comics changed its name and format to Unwinder's Short Comics.
  • In 2010 the Dresden Codak website was given a Le Film Artistique paintjob by This video.
  • In 2009, Several characters from Namir Deiter and You Say It First (both drawn and written by the same people) ware swapped for each other, with the dialog for both comics remaining unaltered. In 2010, both comics were drawn with the characters appearing as human.
  • The KA Mics in 2005 KAM quit which actually started off a short storyline; in 2009, to wrap up a humorous disagreement between him & the author of Magical Misfits, did this; and in 2010 turned it into an April Fools Month turning his various characters into ponies.
  • While Holiday Wars has never done a special for April Fools' Day, it does include it as a character. It's portrayed as a shapeshifting prankster enslaved to the Easter Bunny.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl, "In The End"
  • In 2011, Here, Wolf was replaced by the fake comic Stupid Priest.
  • Femmegasm and World of Fizz swapped artists for April Fools Day in 2011.
  • In Impure Blood, the author and the artist traded roles for the strip.
  • In 2011, Beyond the Canopy briefly turned into a parody of Fist of the North Star.
  • In 2002, 8-Bit Theater had Garland destroy the universe.
  • Far Out There pulled the fake "ending" gag in 2009 and again in 2010.
  • In 2012, Homestuck did two fake updates that set off the update notifiers without actually adding or changing anything. The actual updates that fell on April 1 involved the Eldritch Abomination Greater-Scope Villain killing the Author Avatar, so they seemed like jokes—but turned out to be a real plot development.
  • Evil Plan The Webcomic pulls something every year.
    • In 2010, they posted what looked like a repeat update of the last page. It was actually a gif, and after a few seconds, it degenerated into an edited ZALGO mess, complete with blood pouring from the characters' eyes.
    • In 2011, they had an obviously fake link to download a fictional theme song for the comic. Turned out that the link really DID go to a theme song, by Andrew of Songs to Wear Pants To.
    • In 2012, they redesigned the site and did "Planstuck," parodying Homestuck's art style and use of gifs. The artist updated throughout the day based on comments from the readers, finally clocking in at 95 updates.
  • In 2012, The Non-Adventures of Wonderella replaced their homepage with No-Nad Ventures, a company selling fake testicles for neutered pets.
  • In 2012, Cucumber Quest was abruptly retooled as the testosterone-fueled Cuke or Die II: Cuke Harder. (Preserved here.)
    • In 2013, all the characters were redrawn to resemble Bacon (i.e. pudgy and piglike), both on the latest page and the character profiles. And all the text on those character profiles was written from Bacon's perspective.
    • In 2014, the comic was revamped as Kukobu Quest, resembling a teen's awkward first attempt at a manga-style comic. At the end of the day, Gigi posted to explain that Kukobu actually was her very first draft of the story that eventually became Cucumber Quest.
  • Educomix
  • Although Irregular Webcomic! doesn't usually do April Fool jokes, in 2007 the author made a comic where he appeared formally dressed and announced the comic's discontinuation due to a lawsuit involving every company with copyrights on various elements he used for his comic, with the inexplicable addition of Disney.
  • Commander Kitty has had a couple during its run, starting with a stick figure comic, and then followed the next year with the cast as turning into ponies.
  • But I'm a Cat Person for the first time in 2013, fulfilling about a dozen 'ships at once.
  • Poppy O'Possum in 2014 announced a number of drastic changes to the comic on April 1st. However, the next day's comics revealed that the real joke was that there was a bit of canon in it, Kit actually is blind.
  • Leif & Thorn in 2016, interrupting a dramatic fight scene.
  • Consolers started doing April Fool's jokes in 2015 when Zanreo announced that she had lost most of her interest in console games and the comic would from now on focus more on mobile games, especially Apple. This was obviously a joke.
    • In 2016, Zanreo claimed she was opening up an online store selling various merchandise, getting weirder and weirder, starting with t-shirts and mugs, up to body pillows and trash cans.
  • Ozy and Millie did an April Fool's Day strip with most of the cast acting drastically out of character. Except for Millie's Mom who, being a lawyer, acts as the legal disclaimer.
  • Whomp!'s April 1, 2019 installment has Ronnie lose weight, shave, gain a new happy attitude, and promise to make his comic uplifting and optimistic with "inspirational stories to lift spirits". A day later, the same comic was reposted with a... darker style.
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  • 4chan once added a /fur/ channel on April 1st. The userbase was shocked to see it still up on April 2nd. Then they were infuriated when it was still up on April 3rd. On April 4th moot closed the channel and permabanned everyone who had posted in it. The April Fur's Day prank is today considered one of the better things the staff have done. This prank is such a legendary cornerstone of the 4chan community that, when moot added a /mlp/ board to stem the sheer number of pony threads on /co/, it was immediately assumed by the majority of the users that the staff were up to their old tricks with an early April Fools prank. It got so accepted as fact that moot had to top the board with a sticky thread specifically debunking the rumor, not that that stopped anyone from still claiming it to be true up until April Fools Day itself.
    • In 2017, several boards of differing ideals and concepts were merged due to "budget cuts", leading to such combos as /cock/, /fap/, and /mo/ ("Comics & Cartoons & Cooking", "Fashion & Photography", and "Mecha & Auto" respectively), telling those who browsed the merged boards to make friends with the users from the other board. While this DID work out well, it took /mlpol/ a good while to get along. And even then, there still was infighting going on.
    • In 2018, 4chan randomly assigned a Easter-candy-related team (Chocolate, Peep, Creme, Peanut Butter, and Mini) to users, since Easter Sunday happened to be on the same day as April's Fools day.
    • In 2019, 4chan allowed users to "like" posts, and implemented a point system where accumulating enough points (by posting, giving likes and receiving likes) allowed users to append emoji, dice rolls or randomly generated fortunes to their posts.
  • The Backloggery saw how far you can take Cash Cow Franchises to on 2009 by randomly adding suffixes and prefixes of popular video game series, shovelware franchises, Super Title 64 Advance and other generic stuff on games' names as you refresh the pages, leading to some utterly ridiculous ideas like Imagine: Resident Evil 5? Superman 64 HD Remix, the redundant Street Fighter Alpha Anthology vs. Capcom, Tom Clancy's Sonic the Hedgehog, and Guitar Hero: Saya no Uta Edition.
  • In 2017 the Castalia House blog posted a review of a (fictional) TV series named The Xeno Files, supposedly a forgotten and deliberately suppressed predecessor to V.
  • DeviantArt:
    • In 2008, the site replaced the avatars of all users with an animated gif of Mudkip with the words "So I herd you liek Mudkips" (sic), a reference to an internet meme. This led to many people being infuriated at the site's staff members for using such a meme when (at the time) they couldn't do memes as well. To make matters worse, it backfired in DeviantArt's faces because they also featured an artist user whose account name was along the lines of Mudkipz to go along with the gag.
      Unfortunately they didn't check out said deviant before featuring him, leading to many to click on his gallery and come face first in very suggestive loli pics (some of which were porn). They removed the featured deviant and chewed out the offensive imagery, but the damage was done and left many red-faced or shaking their heads in addition to the meme.
    • On April 1st 2010, avatars were changed to Team Edward, Team Jacob, Team Seeker, or Lady Gaga, with matching signatures (though the Team Seeker signatures reflect only Legend of the Seeker, and not Sword of Truth) Llama badges were also released, which became a huge fad.
    • For April 1st 2011 troll faces appeared on random places throughout the website (ironic, since the site has a very strict "No Trolling" policy).
    • In 2012, cats took over DA.
    • In 2013, dA introduced deviantHEART, a dating service for Deviants.
    • In 2014, dA introduced thoughtArt, the new way to create and share art. It supposedly scans your cerebral and turns your thoughts into art. Except not.
    • In 2015, the site introduced the DeviantArt Stylus IRL, a way to bring the sophistication of digital art into the real world.
    • In 2016, the site introduced the ArtStroke, which is a smartwatch-like fitness device that measures your strokes.
    • In 2017, the site made all of the featured posts be interpretations of the LOL WUT pear, and was giving out a badge for submissions themed around it.
    • In 2018, the site unveiled "DeviantArt Originals", a Netflix-like service with art-related shows such as Bob RossDraws, 'Shopped, The OC, Les Adoptables, The Amazing Trace and Notorious RGB.
    • In 2019, the site introduced a software called Khush that enabled people to smell pictures on the website.
  • Discord:
    • Chat service Discord released a notice about new "updates" on April 1, 2018. Among these were an @someone feature, which would notify a random user in the chat, and a promise to remove all the memes from the website (the latter made glaringly false by the fact that there was memetic language in the update notice itself.
    • On April 1, 2019, Discord released an update which said simply, "We deleted Light Theme" (and indeed they did, although the theme was obviously brought back the next day.)
  • The animal news website The Dodo published in April Fools 2019 a fake video about a man's colossal, 450-pound dog.
  • The Doom fansite Doomworld.com pulled a couple of pranks:
    • 2003: "Doomworld Nearing Its End", as a result of every single staff member leaving for one reason or another.
    • 2004: The site was supposedly now "sponsored by McDonald's", with the front page decorated with the Golden Arches logo and Ronald McDonald's likeness. Also, a news item was published, stating that Doom 3 has finally gone gold, though with a number of last-minute changes (e.g. all monsters looking like John Romero, and all levels being completely pitch black.)
    • 2006: Claiming that Action Doom 2, a sequel to the popular Doom mod, was in production. Except it turned out it wasn't a joke, as Action Doom 2 was surprisingly released out of the blue two years later.
    • 2007: Claiming that the site was shutting down because the doomworld.com domain had been sold to the Christian organization Endtime Ministries.
    • The Doomworld forums' monthly communal Game Mod playing event, "The DWmegawad Club", also got in on the act:
    • 2015: Supposedly featuring the controversial Brutal Doom mod.
    • 2016: Giving the thread a misleading title to fool people into thinking they'd be playing Memento Mori 3, which does not actually exist.
    • 2017: Featuring a mod which was supposedly the long-awaited episode 3 of Back to Saturn X, but instead was a "bootleg version" made up mostly of random rushedly-made maps and filled with cheesy MS Paint graphics.
    • 2018: The organizer renaming the club after himself, and demanding that all participants pay him groveling obeisance (all while choosing a mod to play that was already featured several years earlier).
  • Equestria Daily:
    • 2011: Trixie taking over the site. This more than anything was what really instilled in the fandom that Sethisto really likes Trixie.
    • 2012: Converting the website from Generation 4 (Friendship Is Magic) to Generations 1-3.5 (the original My Little Pony to the Tastes Like Diabetes, oddly-bulbous-bodied characters from the series immediately before FiM). Their reasoning was that they were under a Hasbro takeover.
    • 2013: they decided to "monitor everything", presenting "ponified" news stories as well as a few fake "updates" about season 4.
    • 2014: they set themselves to 2045, and looked back at all 31 seasons of Friendship Is Magic.
    • 2015: the site took a more manly approach to some of its articles and renamed itself "Man Daily". By featuring Bulk Biceps on the banner, of course.
    • 2016: the site became Equality Inquirer, dedicated to the Ensemble Dark Horse villain of season 5. The app was also changed: the background became red and the font was changed to Comic Sans.
    • 2017: "Sauce n Pony Daily", which takes the previously posted saucy art compilations and takes it to its most logical conclusion: actual sauces.
    • 2018: The cryptocurrency "Ponecoin" was announced, similar to the 2018 Tumblr example below.
    • Announced Gen 5, a sci-fi show called "Space Mares".
  • Fimfiction.Net: Used to feature annual April Fools jokes, but because all pranks ended up being taken seriously by the site's users, they were permanently cancelled after 2015.
    • 2013:
      • knighty announced he was stepping down as admin and lead developer of the site, to be replaced by Poultron.
      • New admin and lead developer Poultron announced he was banning all new Human-in-Equestria stories and moving all currently-published HiE stories elsewhere.
    • 2014:
      • Some of the stories on the site appeared as if they were written by someone else. And this applied to any and all stories by that author, even stories that had been posted years before that date and that were clearly not by that author.
      • The administrator, knighty, changed his name and avatar to that of Mark Zuckerburg and claimed Facebook owned the site, making fun of Facebook buying the Oculus Rift.
    • 2015:
      • The announcement post detailing the changes staff did to the featured box was posted on March 31st, 2015 to try to avoid this. However, the day after April Fools, a blog post has been added that clearly states on bold that the feature box has not been changed and that that was a increasingly large prank.
      • The popular Seattle's Angels review group posted several fake stories that link to various things outside of Fimfiction (the coverart for one of these was just the coverart of Past Sins with the colours inverted) with even crazier reviews.
      • The administrator posted a blog post (this one more subtle, with several letters in italic that spell April Fools) banning LoHAV stories on the sitenote 
  • Furry art site Fur Affinity has its share of pranks. For a few years, the search engine was taken down and one year, it was put back up for that day, but people got fooled when they saw that it didn't work at all. One common joke its members play on its watchers is to use a thumbnail (preview) of a piece of art they claimed to have made and when people click it, the art is something different (example: a thumbnail promises fat fur art and instead, users get an anorexic fur). Usually most members that are aware of the jokes and what the artists usually make usually won't fall for it. Another common joke is an artist making a journal claiming they are going to leave the site forever.
  • The science news website Futurism published articles on April 1, 2017 that claimed Pluto was reclassified as a planet and the LHC was irreperably damaged.
  • GameFAQs always gets in on the April Fools Day craze. In later years it's been toned down, sometimes with the only gag being a silly Poll of the Day and maybe the creation of a few joke message boards. But in the past, they've done some huge things, including:
    • Banning the latter "e"
    • Changing the entire layout to create GameFAX, a site all about the Xbox
    • Promoting random users to moderator status (though obviously not giving them actual power)
    • Putting up a fake notice on the homepage about the site being shut down for illegal activities
    • Removing all usernames in an effort to stop harassment
  • Google almost always has a yearly joke to pull, ranging from lunar research bases to intelligence-boosting energy drinks.
    • In 2010, Google put up a link to a new "Google Animal Translate" feature, and changed its name to Topeka.com in response to the city changing its name to Google, Kansas. Details here.
    • In 2012, they created Google Maps 8-bit for the NES. The video itself shows its work by showing that it is for the Famicom, which had networking features the Nintendo Entertainment System didn't.
    • In 2013, Google announced the release of Google Nose and Gmail Blue.
    • In 2014, Google introduced the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge free for anyone who owns an iPhone or an Android with the Google Maps application. Simply tap the search bar then press the Press Start button, handily labeled with a Pokéball. The map shifts to the closest Pokémon Center, showing any and all available Pokémon nearby. Catch them all, and you'll win a chance to get a job at Google. (Pokémon GO, which features a similar concept, wouldn't be unveiled until the following year.)
    • For 2015, Google introduced a new mode for Google Maps that turns any location that has enough roads into a game of Pac-Man. This has been up for a few days before April Fools, though. This was done again in 2017, but with Ms. Pac-Man instead.
    • For 2016, Google added a feature to Gmail which allowed you to do a Mic Drop on a conversation, courtesy of the Minions. Since the button that does this was in the same place as the "Send and Archive" button, it ended badly and the button had to be removed.
    • 2017 gives us the Google Gnome, which is the Google Home (Google's smarthome platform) but for your backyard. A lot of people invested in the Google ecosystem are disappointed this isn't an actual thing.
    • 2018 let us look for Waldo on Google Maps for the first week of April.
    • 2019 introduced another Google Maps game, this time a train-themed version of Snake, with different versions based on different cities, including Cairo, London, and Sydney.
  • Hardcore Gaming 101 added Final Fantasy VI to "Your Weekly Kusoge," its almost-weekly column dedicated to kusoge (crappy games) on April 1st, 2015. It was an article telling the readers how much it sucked and wondering how could it ever become a success. Despite being clearly a joke, having several imprecisions and being written in a different way from the usual detailed and formal manner, several readers were angered. The article is still up, but clearly labeled as an April Fool's joke.
  • I-Mockery releases joke games on April Fool's. In 2008, it was a Pickleman (the site's mascot/creator's alter-ego) game, which was really just E.T. with Pickleman coming after you and killing you. For 2009, it's Tetris for Charity, where if you get to the 3rd level, $1 is donated to charity. Halfway through the second level, all the blocks are replaced by random NES sprites, which makes the game impossible. For 2010, it's Pitfall 2010, which looks like the original at first glance, but depending on the path you take on the first screen, you'll be killed by either the Guts Dozer from Mega Man 2, the robot ape from Strider, or Sinistar.
  • Know Your Meme:
    • On April 1st 2012, you could "buy" memes. Supposedly with real money, but the next day both orders and bills were canceled
    • On April 1st, 2013, the site claimed that the main tubular system was down and that the database could only process memes that predated the Internet. All confirmed memes were still available under a separate "Deadpooled" section.
    • On April 1st, 2014, users could vote to "retire" old memes through the Internet Meme Retirement Program. At the end of the day, 30 pages were deemed "retired".
    • On April 1st, 2015, the Cringeworthy Gallery was reopened (but anyone who posted in it was given a 24-hour "ban" as part of the joke), entries for Don and Super Robo Jesus were confirmed, and the entry for the controversy that shall not be named was Deadpooled claiming that the SJWs have sued the website. Also, the cursor was replaced with the Illuminati All-Seeing Eye triangle and all usernames and profile pictures were replaced by variations on Don.
    • April 1 2016 featured "Elect Your Meme" in which users voted on which memetic person/article to elect the first ever Meme President of the Unitinu (the winner was Moon Man, a racist version of McDonald's mascot Mac Tonight), and the popular but locked-down Cringeworthy page was renamed to "Our KYM Safe Space", where people were encouraged to role-play PC-obsessed angsty teenagers with a victim complex in the comments. An entry moderator also began uploading articles like those usually churned out by people attempting to "create" memes or generally not putting any effort into them.
    • In 2017, KYM released the Meme Exchange, a stock exchange of memes where users could purchase and sell stock ion memes with KYM Coins.
    • In 2018, they launched Project MemeX, which was a mission to preserve memes by launching a satellite hosting an advanced memory storage of memes into orbit.
  • JayIsGames.com created their own Spot the Difference game that leads into an impossible level. The walkthrough included claims that this was a turning point that leads the game into becoming a Deconstruction Game, but in truth, nothing happens at all if you wait, not even a Screamer Prank.
    • In 2011, they reviewed a tic-tac-toe game far too seriously.
    • In 2007 they reviewed a supposedly massive browser game that was actually just a loading screen that never ended. After April Fool's they turned it into an actual review of the downloadable game it was based on.
    • In 2009, they had an overblown review of a game called "Quest for the Crown".
    • In 2012, they created a genuine, playable Text Adventure game, the joke being its completely ridiculous premise. Jay Is Ponies!
    • In 2014, they found a site that makes versions of the online game 2048 and made a version with the faces of the staff replacing the numbers: Jayis2048.
  • The Mickey Mindsetnote  almost never does this, but they had two articles for April Fools 2015: a potential live-action remake of A Goofy Movie (a Take That! at Disney's influx of live-action remakes of their classic works, such as Cinderella (2015) and Alice in Wonderland (2010)) and Marvel's announcement of a Squirrel Girl/Howard The Duck crossover movie. The previous year, they renamed themselves "The American Mindset" for the day and posted an article about their favorite patriotic Disney moments.
  • MuggleNet posts absurd news items on April 1st, such as claiming Scholastic would rerelease the books with titles like "Harry Potter and A Super Cool Stone", "Harry Potter and A Super SUPER Secret", "Harry Potter and A Bad Guy Who's Actually Okay", "Harry Potter and FIREEEEEEEEE!", "Harry Potter and A Super Secret House shhh", "Harry Potter and A Prince, Like The One You Know", and "Harry Potter and A Good Versus Evil Fight". One year they joined forces with The Leaky Cauldron by claiming that the two webmasters Emerson and Melissa (who were already being shipped as "Memerson") had gotten married and were combining sites.
  • In 2010, Aeon Genesis finally released their translation of Tactics Ogre in Al Bhed.
  • Romhack website Romhacking.net put up a link on April 1, 2014 for a translation of Etrian Odyssey Retold, a supposed "hard version" of Etrian Odyssey. It was actually a full translation for the game 7th Dragon.
  • Muppet fan website The Muppet Mindset has had many April Fools jokes on an infrequent basis, besides the website swap with ToughPigs mentioned below.
    • In 2010 they were hit with a fake cease and desist.
    • In 2012, they put up an article involving a fake ride at Disney Theme Parks based around Angus McGonagle (a one-off character from the Star Wars episode of The Muppet Show)
    • In 2014 for Muppets Most Wanted, the site was temporarily rebranded the Constantine Mindset.
    • For 2015, they announced dozens of Spin-Off websites, from the logical (the Marvel Mindset and the Mario Mindset) to the ridiculous (er... the Macaroni Mindset?). It reached its epix when they announced "The Mindset Mindset", a blog for fans of all of the Mindset sites. Each post linked to the same picture of Fozzie (a screencap from the Bohemian Rhapsody viral video) with the caption "April Fools!"
    • 2016 had the site sponsored by Coca-Cola.
    • In 2017 the site rebranded as the Muffin Mindset, complete with a review of The Muffin Movie.
    • In 2018, they announced that the then-new Muppet Babies (2018) was cancelled... not even a month after its official premiere.
    • In 2019, they announced that Disney+ would air The Muppet Show Again, a revival of the original Muppet Show, instead of the Muppet series they had in development (tentatively titled Muppets Live Another Day). It was to feature all the sketches from the original series, such as "Pigs In Space Again", "Veterinarian’s Hospital Again", "UK Spot Again"note , etc., and perhaps tipping you off to the fact that it's a joke, every Muppet performer named in the press release had "(Phil Philips in the Academy Award winning The Happytime Murders)" after their names. This seems to be a subtle Take That! at people who believe the Muppets should just do all the things that put them on the map again and againnote  and not make any bold new entries in the franchise (such as the 2015 The Muppets series).
  • Neopets has done this for over 10 years:
    • 2000: A page filled with pets that didn't quite make the cut. (The artists were having a bad day.)
    • 2001: An announcement that some of the pets would be redesigned.
    • 2002: The Pant Devil stole everyone's items, including ones in their Safety Deposit Boxes.
    • 2003: A sneak preview of the site's Totally Radical makeover, Neopetz.
    • 2004: A new TCG expansion pack, "Quiguki Armageddon". It featured a parody of their Usuki toys, called Quigukis (based on the frog-like Quiggles). The Quigukis underwent Defictionalization, everything else did not.
    • 2005: 50 new Neopets, with the announcement that the maximum number of pets an account could have was now 10 (instead of 4). A poll was held, and the most popular (the Lamameeah) was released as an actual Neopet (the Gnorbu), while a few others were released as Petpets.
    • 2006: To stabilize the Neopian economy, NeoCharge was introduced, which taxed users for each page they visited. Failure to pay debts would supposedly result in accounts being flagged, and actions being taken to "compensate" note .
    • 2007: The Battledome was closed, as well as the Battledome section of the forums, and any weapon shop.
    • 2008: The NeoBuddy system was introduced, where a questionnaire would match you up with a buddy (Bug Eye McGee for most, Sir Fufon Lui for a few), who would pop up from time to time and give advice.
    • 2009: It was announced that the pets would be phased out in favor of Neoplants, and there were minor jokes around the site as well:
      • The Hidden Tower was closed until further notice, as was the Faerieland Employment Agency.
      • The Tiki Tack Tomobola was perpetually out of money, and kept asking for a 1 NP donation.
      • Neopoint inflation rose tenfold, and interest rates at the Bank were lowered (the Banker got a new appearance, as well).
      • The Stock Market was stuck; no prices moved up or down.
    • 2010: More minor jokes:
      • The Battledome: In 3D! [1] [2] [3]
      • The Prank Warehouse opened up, which allowed users to send various pranks (such as pies or slime) to their friends.
      • Neoboard filters were added— for instance, "3.14" would be changed to "numbers", "snot" would be filtered into "faerie dust", and "slime" would be changed into "Twilight"
      • They also snuck one into their Facebook page, with some concept art— of the "Meat Faerie".
  • The blog of the company OpenAI published a post announcing an AI doing "Spam detection in the physical world"... and by Spam, they mean literal cans of Spam.
  • PornHub
  • The Slate Star Codex blog in 2017 published a supposed "previously undiscovered manuscript" written by G. K. Chesterton, on the topic of artificial intelligence.
  • SydLexia.com posted the 100 Best Virtual Boy Games Ever. It's obvious that the overall number of Virtual Boy games is nowhere near that number. Virtual Boy Wario Land was the only game listed, and in all 100 spots too, no exceptions. Reading the commentaries, they seem to claim that there are many versions of Virtual Boy Wario Land, even versions for different consoles, all with the same title. Some of the comments were ripped directly from the prior Top 100 lists Syd had made. There were even surprise comments from Jareth The Goblin King and Avril Lavigne.
  • ToughPigs, a fansite of The Muppets, has done this almost every year since 2008.
    • In 2008, they temporarily converted to a Topo Gigio fansite.
    • In 2009, their joke was a bit more "negative" than the previous year.
    • In 2010, when The Muppets was still in its preproduction stage, they posted a newsbit about the movie actually being a remake of their first film. They Changed It, Now It Sucks! reactions ensued.
    • In 2012, the site renamed itself ToughBears and posted a total of seven fake articles relating to Muppet bears, such as an app of Flo Bear from Sesame Street (which is said to consist of a looping animation of Flo writing a book), Bobo starring in a Judd Apatow film, and a countdown of the top 100 Emily Bear moments (of which there are only three listed; the article teased that the other 97 would come soon).
    • In 2013, they switched duties with fellow Muppet fansite The Muppet Mindset. ToughPigs proved to be more active in that regard, with spoofs of all of the Mindset's regular articles such as "Weekly Muppet Wednesdays", "The Great Muppet Survey" and "Muppet Fan's Muppet Collection Chronicle". Meanwhile, the Mindset went with the "Beautiful Toy Pageant" (a spoof of TP's regular "Ugly Toy Pageant") and a now-removed article called "My Week With Marilyn" (very loosely inspired by TP's "My Week With..." review series).
    • In 2014, during the wake of Muppets Most Wanted's release, ToughPigs, the Muppet Mindset and another fansite called Muppet Stuff, had that movie's main villain Constantine take over their sites. However, TP gets bonus points for having Constantine's puppeteer Matt Vogel record a special message for the site. Throughout the day they posted all sorts of articles relating to the then-recent film, including one about the Muppets doing a concert appearance at Carnegie Hall, modeled after the ones they did in the film. (Note: Some of the articles relate to very specific events in the film, and they might not make much sense to those who haven't seen Muppets Most Wanted, so spoiler alert!)
    • 2015: The site rebranded itself into "BuzzPigs", with over a dozen articles about the Muppets written In the Style of... BuzzFeed. Many of them were trolling articles - one of them, about how to be a true Muppet fan in New York City, recommended doing all sorts of ridiculous things referencing The Muppets Take Manhattan, the last of which was to walk directly in the path of an oncoming cabnote . The quizzes were just as ridiculous - for the "Which Muppeteer Are You?" quiz, your result would always be "Puppeteers Do Not Exist. The Muppets are real. Please share this result with your friends. Sincerely, The Walt Disney Company."note  They also boasted that they could guess your favorite Muppet. The result would always be Mildred Huxtetter (a slightly obscure Muppet rarely seen since The Muppet Show ended).
      • Notably, one of their "Muppet facts you definitely didn't know because I made them all up" was that Junior Gorg performed the wedding of two Fraggle crew members on the set, which has a bit of truth mixed into it - Richard Hunt, who voiced Junior, was the "minister" for fellow Muppeteer Jerry Nelson's wedding in Real Life.
    • 2016: The site becomes "Up Late With ToughPigs", referencing Up Late with Miss Piggy, the Show Within a Show on The Muppets. Highlights included a gallery of celebrities with the show's logo as their lips, a newsbit about Piggy's Piggy Water from "Going, Going, Gonzo" being banned in Denmark for “questionable health content” (causing her to put the country on "her list") and the show winning a Desko award... only for it to be forfeited in a follow-up report because Piggy karate-chopped its presenter for pushing her Berserk Button.
    • 2017: During a period where the Muppets were hardly doing anything, the site "renewed its dedication to Muppet news" with a series of articles that reeked of Worst News Judgment Ever and/or subtly mocked Disney for not doing anything with the Muppets.
    • In 2018 they put up a slew of Muppet and Henson-related Spinoff Babies articles in keeping with the then-recent Muppet Babies reboot. (The original Muppet Babies (1984) was the Trope Codifier for this practice.)
    • In 2019, during Sesame Street's 50th anniversary celebrations, all of the articles from that day were devoted to Sesame's lesser-known anniversary specials (none of which actually exist, of course). For example, the 6th anniversary, which was hosted by a syndicated talk show host named Allison Frooblegoob, who clearly hadn't seen any of Sesame Street. Or the 24th anniversary, which was mostly just a reunion special from the cast of Taxi. Or the 140th anniversary special, which would supposedly air 90 years into the future.
  • The B-movie review site Stomp Tokyo reviewed nonexistent movies on 1 April. The first of these was The Dellon Godhead, a Doctor Who / The New Avengers crossover, supposedly including BRIAN BLESSED as a football-obsessed Blackbeard.
  • Tumblr
    • In 2014 they encouraged users to upgrade to "Tumblr Pro", not explaining what was so special about it. Those who clicked it received nothing more than a fedora placed on their avatar for the rest of the day.
    • For 2015 they debuted an "Executive Suite 2015", complete with spreadsheets, a notepad, and a calculator (which didn't work). Also, if you tried the "free trial", your blog got a business-esque addendum to its name, and your dashboard was overrun by a "helpful" Clippy-esque icon: A copy machine named Coppy which you couldn't get rid of (clicking its X caused it to go away for about 3 seconds before it popped up again). Coppy subsequently became an Ensemble Dark Horse among users.
    • In 2016, the site piggybacked on the hype regarding the presidential elections by unleashing "Decision 2016", in which users were asked to vote for one of four lizards. Voting would cause an "I Voted" sticker to appear above your profile picture for the remainder of the day.
    • In 2017, the site introduced a simple Tamagotchi-like virtual pet where bloggers had to clean up after a pixel-art horse with a randomly-generated (and often quite silly) name.
    • In 2018, they introduced "Tumblcoin", a cryptocurrency acquired by liking and reblogging posts that could be exchanged for additions onto the dashboard, such as the aforementioned virtual horse pet, a frame around the avatar, an AIM skin for the messenger, and the "missing E" in the logo.
    • In 2019, they created a blog bot called Tumblr Memories, which would personalize posts for the viewer by inputting tags and usernames frequently used on their blog into premade posts, Mad Libs style. This backfired, however, for users who frequently used trigger warnings, as a lack of forbidden words in the code led to custom posts that said things like "Pour one out for #abuse."
  • In 2015, Twitch made the infamous "Kappa" emoticon become a question-mark silhouette when used in chat. How do you get the actual Kappa emote? By typing "Grey Face" with no spaces.
  • From 2005 to 2009, VGMaps.com: The Video Game Atlas used to feature maps for fake video games. In order, these are The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Advance, Mega Man Solid X: Guns Of The Mavericks (solid-x.com links dead), Super Kid Icarus, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Of Hours, and Metroid Dread.
  • The Wizards of the Coast message board has had some good ones. One instance that sticks out is having everyone's avatar switched with one of the My Little Pony pictures. It quickly got out of hand when people who linked to their wizards avatars on other message boards saw the change, and thought the Wiz_0's(mods) were following them.
    • They also once announced a Mattel merger between My Little Pony and Dungeons and Dragons. The pink beholder graphic with bows on its eyestalks remains iconic...
  • YouTube runs regular April Fools' Day pranks.
    • 2008: During the height of the rickrolling craze, YouTube linked every front page video to the infamous Rick Astley song. Kongregate pulled a similar trick.
    • 2009: YouTube took a page from Homestar Runner and flipped the site (and videos!) upside down. This lasted even beyond the date itself with a URL suffix. However, it didn't always work (For example, if you're using a YouTube userscript for the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox.) Some videos also weren't completely fixed afterward and will flip upside down when put into high quality.
    • 2010: YouTube put a "text-only mode", displaying certain videos as entirely made of text in various colors—including nearly any video with resolution greater than 360p, not just videos Youtube had done manually. This effectively made Ascii Shading Art. Sadly, it's long gone, and not even available by URL anymore. There also was a cat (who you may know as Ceiling Cat) peeking through the video processing icon. See it here.
    • 2011: YouTube had a 1911 mode, claiming to be videos made in 1911, including "The Irksome Citrus", "Horse & Buggy Crash" (wherein one is Ruth Roll'd), and "Flugelhorn Feline". The videos are in sepia while old-time music plays over the audio. With intertitles in modified Antiquated Linguistics (Alert. We have a fornicator in Lincoln Heights!"). Viewers delighted in leaving comments written in the same style.
    • 2012: YouTube brings out "The YouTube Collection", where you can purchase YouTube in its entirety on DVD, packaged and shipped to you in a convenient 100,000-disc collection! You could also get trending videos on Laserdisc, royalty-free soundtracks on Vinyl, and weather-proof shelves when your collection gets too big for your house.
    • 2013: YouTube is finished! That's right, it's now time to choose the best YouTube video ever, so the site is shutting down, and going to spend the next ten years reviewing every single video on the site to pick the best one. The winner will recieve a $500 stripend for their next creative endeavor and an MP3 player that clips to your sleeve. This prank culminated in a roughly twelve-hour live stream consisting of two announcers reading out the names and descriptions of the nominees (read: any possible random video on the site), fraught with technical difficulties and ending with about fifteen minutes of the announcers sleeping it off without any real conclusion.
    • 2014: YouTube put up a video claiming they were responsible for all the world's most popular viral videos, announcing the "new trends" for viral videos in 2014: "Clocking", "Kissing Dad", and the "Glub Glub Water Dance". Other trends were announced, including "Getsyburg Addressing", "Cake-Bumping", "Nap-Cams", "Geology", "Wolf-Mask Tee Ball", "The Harlem Shake (Again)", and "1000 Dollar Gifting".
    • 2015: YouTube decides to cash in on the "Darude - Sandstorm" craze for 2015's April Fools Day. The video bar for all videos had an "Add Music" button added to it which, when clicked, played one of four snippets of Sandstorm. Also, most if not all search results had "Did you mean: Darude - Sandstorm by Darude" at the top.
    • 2016: The player has a "Snoopavision" button added to it, which allows you to view any video in the eyes of Snoop Dogg. Well, almost any video. Clicking any videos with the Snoopavision icon that weren't pre-Snoopafied by the developers will tell you that the Snoopafied video will be ready by some random and far-off date (eg. 3/19/2146).
  • Ambrosia Software released a free program called ScreenCleaner Pro, which claimed to be able to fix up monitors by brightening them; you opened the program, waited a few minutes while it "calibrated", and then the monitor would brighten significantly. Apparently a miracle product... except what it really did was gradually darken the screen, then turn it back to the original brightness. They even went so far as to get a fake positive review from a software site to make it look legitimate.
  • Tales of MU posted an update in 2009, announcing production plans for a Syfy channel spin-off TV show, of which the author claimed pride but apparently had little creative control, resulting in significant deviations from the core themes of the novel. It linked to the writer's Livejournal crossposting, where comments revealed the prank. A few commenters disbelieved the announcement because it referenced "the newly branded Syfy channel" at the end, and were double-pranked to discover Sci Fi's renaming on April 1st, though it was widely known earlier.
  • The Defictionalized Digibutter.nerr once claimed to be bought out by 4Kids. Every forum but the Party, Off Topic and RP forums were locked, and people took on parody alts that made fun of various characterizations and dubbing errors.
    • And a year later, they changed their name to the "Bitlands" (a spin-off site from it already exists) for April 1, 2010. Then it was revealed that there WILL be a name change and it MIGHT be the Bitlands anyways.
  • In one of the most cruel examples imaginable that one porn site enacted an April Fool's joke resulting in the ban of all lolicon/shota artwork from the site. What makes this particularly nasty is the joke was cooked up in response to e-hentai's ACTUAL ban of all underaged artwork due to Moral Guardian antagonization of their advertisers, and used the subpoena sent to them as the excuse, doctored up to look like it was sent to said pornsite instead. The joke was meant to be incredibly obvious, as the featured image was Rugrats (with, at one point, a feature change to Popeye dressed as Sailor Moon in response to an anonymous commenter along with the comment 'But older characters cosplaying as underaged? Yes that's still acceptable.'), however due to the e-hentai debacle, users just couldn't believe it was a joke and some serious debate went down over the state of the world and continuing persecution of lolicons. Some artists even ragequit over what they took to be impending censorship of their art on a site that shouldn't have it. All staff were told to keep up appearances for a day after, duplicate pics that were to be deleted were saved up for about a week prior, then commented upon before being deleted to lend to the authenticity. A few artists still haven't returned, and probably never will.
    • And then to top it off, e-hentai unbanned underaged artwork, instead placing it on the spin-off site exhentai.
  • On podcast All Movie Talk, in the intro portion for the last Tuesday before April Fools' Day:
    • Sam told listeners that the episode contained the word "movie" more times than any other episode, and encouraged listeners to verify this (true or no, that's a lot of time to be counting the word "movie");
    • Stephen claimed to have gotten everyone a gift...only to reveal that it was a free movie podcast (just like every week);
    • Sam listed off the segments for the episode (which were false);
    • and finally, they introduced themselves as each other.
  • Wing Commander CIC, a Wing Commander online fandom news site, changes the main site's look to something silly on April 1st, and posts "news" articles that are loaded with take thats, at themselves and others, often along with joke announcements of fictional new WC releases.
  • TASVideos gets many joke run submissions during April Fools' day. Sometimes the joke is the game, as in the submissions for Color a Dinosaur or Desert Bus. Sometimes the run is the joke, as in the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess run that would crash the game and make it load another emulator from the emulated console's SD card (meaning that the game the run beats isn't even Twilight Princess, but rather Kirby's Avalanche).
    • One infamous April Fools' Day joke was half-serious: they actually had discovered that emulators can never properly replicate certain forms of randomness used by the actual hardware, but they didn't really intend to shut down the whole site over it.
      • Ironically, since then, emulator runs have actually been proven to run on console, depending on the game.
    • The site itself also does April Fools' jokes, such as in 2014 when they announced TASVideos Pro, "a place where only the most professional TASers contribute the truly best runs" available for only $25 USD a month.
  • Ponibooru (a Danbooru-like image website for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) became overrun by Pinkie Pies during April Fools' 2012.
  • Derpibooru, the successor to Ponibooru, got in on the act in 2013 by converting into Trixiebooru for April Fools' Day.
    • 2014 saw Derpibooru replace the background behind each image thumbnail with a randomized image of Nicolas Cage, as well as renaming the anonymous "Background Pony" title after him.
    • In 2015, the site was flooded with Desktop Ponies.
    • In 2016, the site added a watermark to every picture and added an option for a subscription page to pay to get rid of them (which also contained a "free trial" option to get rid of the watermarks until April Fools was over).
    • In 2017, Derpibooru announced a partnership with DeviantArt and reskinned the site to match.
    • In 2018, a user named after Starlight Glimmer started a thread on the forums that heavily criticized the site, saying it started off as an amazing place where everyone was equal, but had gone downhill in recent years due to the staff distancing themselves from the users. The user was generally dismissed as a troll, but two hours later, the site was reskinned with a communist theme. This reskin included changing the name to Glimmerbooru, turning the color scheme red, hiding the image scores, and replacing the upvote and downvote buttons with two equal signs (only one of which was clickable), among other things.
    • In 2019, the site not only turned into Electronic Arts as a lampoon on their current business practices (with standard site features needing to be unlocked with the virtual currency "D-Bux"), but also raised awareness of Article 13 being passed, threatening to delete everything ever uploaded en mass with the only countermeasure being having the user rely on their credit card numbers. Although obviously a joke in regards to the former, the latter was another story, especially considering the servers being in Europe.
  • Like with the actual game, the Team Fortress 2 official wiki has been doing April Fools' Day pranks since 2011, as seen here.
    • On April 1st, 2011, the Team Fortress Wiki altered the front page as part of a fictional Australium April Update. The "featured article" rotated between the pages for the new class, the Demopan, and the new Cow melee weapon for the Heavy. The Demopan page was originally created by Benjamuffin for his user page, while the Cow page was created specifically for April Fools' Day by Focusknock. The trending topics were changed to Cow, Demopan, Frying Pan, Bounty Hat, Chargin' Targe, Dangeresque, Too?, Stout Shako, and For 2 Refined (which links to the Trading page) for the day. A fake update post, written by Stevoisiak, was added to the current events describing the fake update.
    • For April Fools' Day 2012, a fake patch article was released announcing the release of Ricochet 2, along with the addition of the following items: the Circular Circlesaw, the Crocketeer's Cloak, the Ricochest, and the Heartwarming Headache. Apparently, this joke was so good, some people thought Valve was behind it, even though Valve was not involved in any way in this update; everything has been thought of and created by Wiki editors. More info can be found here.
  • On April 1st, 2013, thepiratebay.se posted a blog post informing that their servers have been changed from North Korea to the United States and that all torrents from North Korea, China, Iran, France and Islamistan would be removed.
    • On April 1st 2014, the site introduced "The Virtual Bay", where "you'll be able to see, hear and feel everything that is a part of The Pirate Bay."
  • For 2013, the Fan Translation group Absolute Zero released an English translation patch for Tales of the Tempest - a game which most fans of the series consider to be complete shit (the readme even goes into detail about how terrible the game is).
  • In April 1st, 2013, the Reddit blog stated that Reddit has bought Team Fortress 2. The TF2 blog, however, stated that Team Fortress 2 has secretly bought Reddit instead.
    • With the taking over of Team Fortress 2/Reddit, Reddit hosted a voting competition between Orangered and Periwinkle,(Read: Red and Blue) and whoever got the most hats, another addition of the site, won. If you care, then Orangered won.
    • In 2013 the Subreddits for Star Wars and Star Trek switched backgrounds for the day. Two years later, Homestuck and Steven Universe did the same thing. Both left a lot of fans scratching their heads.
    • In 2019 the subreddit the_donald (dedicated to fanboying over Donald Trump) replaced its banner with the CNN logo, and regulars spent most of the day posting threads about how much they love CNN and hate Trump.
  • On April 1, 2014, NPR's website ran an article titled "Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?", an example of a prank meant to prove a point. The comments section is filled with people who, uh, proved NPR's point.
  • Though they uploaded the video a day early, CinemaSins pranked its audience in 2014 by making a "What's the Damage?" video for Titanic (1997). It was a 10+ minute long video... that was over in 30 seconds. One (1) Titanic: $7.5 million 1912 dollars. The rest of the video is mostly a black screen, sprinkled with a few of the usual funny bits.
  • In 2012 LoadingReadyRun announced that they would be renaming their site to "CatingCattyCats" to produce exclusively cat-related content for a Chinese company as part of a corporate takeover.
    "They offered us just a shitton of cash,” said Graham Stark, President and co-founder of LoadingReadyRun Megacorp Inc. “Like, you think you can imagine a shitton of cash, but you really, really can’t. We’re very excited to work with MauBau, the market leader of cat-focused entertainment content, to create great new entertainment properties. Also to get their money. Of which there is a shitton."
  • In 2012, Grooveshark (a music streaming website) introduced a new feature where Hipster Otis and Hipster Jen pop up to offer inane commentary on any song you play.
  • On April 1, 2012, instead of an Animorphs review, Cinnamon Bunzuh! surprised everyone by releasing a review for Stephenie Meyer's The Host. Except when one actually clicks the review, it consists of nothing but an Andalite troll smiley (which bizarrely actually works) and a note:
    "This book is really long, and we are lazy. Sorry folks!"
  • In April 1st 2009, Chuggaaconroy did an intentionally poor Let's Play of Mega Man 2, as a parody of all the bad LPs the game was receiving.
    • In April 1st, 2011, he posted a Tweet that stated that his 14th LP would be Pikmin 2. His 14th LP was actually Luigi's Mansion, but his 15th LP, starting the day after Luigi's Mansion, WAS Pikmin 2.
  • angelarts's VA Let's Play of EarthBound was updated in April 1st 2013 stating that it was canceled. An additional video was added later that day stating that it was, indeed, an April Fools' Day joke.
  • SomecallmeJohnny released a ridiculously over the top review of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I on 2010.
  • On 2013, two blogs by sports-related cooks - a serious one and a Cordon Bleugh Chef - switched places.
  • For 2014, instead of pranking their visitors, Cracked instead created an infographic containing "13 Shocking Statistics You Won't Believe Are True" for their readers to post on their Facebook/Tumblr/Twitter to see how many people will share them without first verifying how ridiculously false the facts are.
  • On April 1st 2014, the Fine Brothers premiered a new segment on their React series. The subjects? Cats, of course.
  • Idea Channel:
  • April Fool's is the only holiday TheMidnightFrogs celebrate every year, making parodies of something different each time. Thus far they've "abridged" paper, a wedding video, the short film version of Crash, the first episode of Sonic X, and they switched the character voices from the first episode of their Sgt. Frog Abridged.
  • In 2013, Rhett & Link posted a video on their YouTube channel entitled "Funny Baby Panda Kiss", promising just that. It has a pre-roll ad, but clicking the Skip button makes it play another ad, and clicking it again shows a promo featuring the duo hyping up the video that you're never going to see, since clicking skip after that just loops it to the first ad again.
  • I'm Moving to Alaska by Matthew Santoro turned out to be this. Matt said that he would move to Alaska the next day, for reasons like riding seals and whales for the entertainment of Eskimos, running around with polar bears, and freezing. To his surprise, some people fell for this.
  • Chrontendo said once that he was going to review every game released for the Philips CD-I on 1 April 2012. A day later, he posted this video and people started to realize that he was joking.
  • The music Database Encyclopedia Metallum has a tradition of pulling these every year since 2009, only having not participated once - in 2011.
    • The first prank saw the site accept the nu-metal band KoRn into it's database, after the mods deemed the band's first album to be "metal enough".
    • 2010 saw the removal of the site's forum, the Tavern, for a day.
    • In 2012, the site posted an FBI logo on it's main page, suggesting that it had been taken down due to promoting internet piracy. Despite the fact that you simply had to click just to get to the main page, many people feared the site had suffered the same fate as Mega Upload.
    • 2013 saw the addition of Nickelback to the site, in the same vein as the addition of Korn. It was accompanied by several reviews praising the band's albums, as well as numerous vandalisms of the band's page (for example: It was stated that Hellblazer, one of MA's founders, was actually Chad Kroeger). The satire site Tyranny of Tradition expanded upon this by running a fake article having Nickelback supposedly hold a press conference in response to the site.
    • 2014 had 2 pranks:
      • The first being the vandalism of the page for a Chilean Black Metal band named Hades Archer, having their genre of music changed to "Penis Metal".
      • A secondary prank involved the deletion of the page for the controversial band Meshuggah (whose genre was listed as "Technical Nu-Metal/Djent"), as well as several staged arguments between the moderators.
  • Bad Creepypasta: On April 2014, the crew did a reading of the My Little Pony fanfic "Cupcakes", except not really — they were reading off a baking recipe for cupcakes.
  • On April 1 2014, the Harry Potter Wiki became the "Lord Voldemort Wiki".
  • On April 1 2014, Brixton Buzz announced that Brixton was to be renamed East Clapham.
  • On April 1 2014, and for about two weeks afterwards, Coasterpedia (the Wikia one) had an article on the "River Phoenix," which was "a flair-loop coaster installed in the grounds of the Paris Hilton".note 
  • In 2014 and 2015, Super Mario Wiki featured strange, but true facts about the Mario universe out of context. One example from 2015 was a line from the infamous Gaming in the Clinton Years review of Donkey Kong Country: "Donkey Kong Country is truly perfect. If you do not get this amazing new generation of Donkey Kong madness, you are stupid. Yes, we know it's insulting, but that's also the truth. If you're a true video game fan, you will not hesitate in the slightest bit to buy this piece of gaming history."
  • In 2013, the wiki put up an article about a Darker and Edgier FPS reboot of the series, titled simply "Mario". As over-the-top as it was, it apparently managed to fool several users.
    • In 2019, they turned the site into a fan wiki for Pink Donkey Kong Junior, a relatively obscure character from Donkey Kong Junior Math.
    • Other members of NIWA have done the same. SmashWiki featured fake Smash Bros news in 2014, and in 2015 changed their name to SmashRiki.
    • The Donkey Kong Wiki changed their name to Lanky Kong Wiki in 2015.
    • In 2014 and 2015, the Animal Crossing Wiki had a banner claiming the wiki would be shutting down, with a link to their article on April Fools' Day.
    • For April 1, 2019, Zelda Wiki became Tingle Wiki, with the titles and main page thumbnails of all games in the series edited to star Tingle. The banner at the top of the wiki claimed that four new Tingle games had been announced.
  • In 2015, Not Always Right made all of their stories about a fictional Zombie Apocalypse. This was also used on their sister sites, including Not Always Working. They followed it up in 2016 by making all the posts about Star Wars.
  • The Polish book website Biblionetka.pl holds a monthly community competition where someone posts several book excerpts based around a common theme, and the other users must guess what book each excerpt comes from. In April 2006, a contest was posted which challenged the users to guess 16 excerpts with the theme "Laughter". The answer? All the excerpts were from the same book, Milan Kundera's The Joke.
  • The official forums for Final Fantasy XIV goes through some minor changes to avatars used by everyone:
    • 2014 changed everyone's avatar into the one used by the game director, Yoshida.
    • 2015 used Hildibrand, Godbert, Julyan, Nashu, and Briardien for everyone's avatars, which were characters that appeared in the Denser and Wackier side quests in the game.
    • 2016 had everyone's avatars changed into plot important NPCs that appeared in the Heavensward scenario, which include characters like Thordon, Lucia, Aymeric, Estinien, Ysayle, and others.
    • 2018 changed the avatars to the Namazu, which are a race of talking catfish.
  • In 2016, live-streaming website iVlog scrambled people's usernames and censored certain words in amusing ways. Of course, the Scunthorpe Problem was in effect, possibly intentionally (Scunthorpe itself became Scabbagehorpe).
  • Michael Bukowski is an artist who runs the Yog-Blogsoth blog, where he showcases his illustrations of creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos and other horror media. On April Fools, he typically posts an illustration of some completely ridiculous monster from an unusual source.
  • Worst Episode Ever, a fan podcast ranking the worst episodes of The Simpsons, had two April Fool episodes:
  • On April 1, 2017, Danganronpa Wiki became Nagito Komaeda Wiki. And in 2018, it was rebranded to celebrate Dangan! the new "child friendly translation" by 4Kids, with Americanized Punny Names for the characters and the whole home page in Comic Sans. In 2019, the site was "hacked" by Kokichi Oma.
  • For April Fool's Day 2018, Steven Universe Wiki became sans undertale wiki, using all lowercase letters like Sans from Undertale does and having constant misspellings.
  • The Super Smash Bros. fan forum Smashboards converted itself into Emblemboards for April 1st, 2016, as a joke on the amount of Fire Emblem characters in the fourth game (six, counting DLC characters Roy and Corrin). This included displaying usernames in a name tag box from Fire Emblem Fates and replacing everyone's avatar with a random Fire Emblem character.
    • In 2017, "& Knuckles" was appended to everyone's username, and their avatars were switched to a random image of Knuckles the Echidna.
    • In 2018, the site became Ridleyboards, switching everyone's avatar to a random image of the Metroid villain.
  • In 2017, movie site Screen Rant ran an article about Lucasfilm announcing a sequel to Rogue One, with Felicity Jones set to return... which was quite questionable, considering that pretty much every character not Saved by Canon (including Felicity's) ended up dead by the end of the movie.
  • ScoobyDooMistakes:
  • In 2019, Spotify replaced the "Discover Weekly" feature, a randomized playlist of reccomended songs based on the user's streaming history, with "Discocover Weekly", a playlist of disco covers... As in both cover songs In the Style of... disco and non-disco covers of disco songs.
  • 2019 has the wikia for Confession Executive Committee briefly turn into a wiki for LIP×LIP, one of the series' in-universe idol groups.

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  • Many of the people at Channel Awesome love to do at least one per year.
    • Linkara:
      • In 2009, he advertised that he'd review Watchmen on the show. Naturally, people would question his choice because his show was about reviewing bad comics and Watchmen was anything but, but in actuality the review was done in the style of Bum Reviews.
      • In 2011, Lewis put up three separate videos: a review of Titans #23 that was literally just Linkara saying that the comic sucked, a review of One More Day done by his teddy bear, and a review of a Power Rangers comic done in the style of The Irate Gamer.
      • In 2013, he uploaded a video titled "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster," which first starts with Linkara stating he's going to review a novelty lamp he got at a store.note  video then cuts out, and when it comes back we suddenly see Linkara imitating the The Cinema Snob, and doing a review of the aforementioned movie.
      • In 2014, he uploaded an episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Abridged, but the Blip thumbnail and description have it labeled as a new History of Power Rangers update (as this series has become notorious for how long it takes for Linkara to update it, some videos even being uploaded an entire year apart) Made slightly more obvious in that the 'update' was for the Mighty Morphin movie, which he already established years ago he would not review.
      • In 2015, he released an episode of History of Power Rangers talking about the 2010 Recut of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It was a completely cynical review jokingly expressing his hatred of the show, which naturally is a complete 180 of Linkara's true opinion of Power Rangers.
      • In 2016, he uploaded a video supposedly being a crossover with the Cinema Snob to review a Power Rangers porn comic, but in reality the video was a parody of Welcome to Night Vale. What makes this bait-and-switch work is the comic in question appears in the pile of comics seen in almost every intro, but he never actually reviewed it yet.
      • In 2017, he posted what was supposedly a review of Power Rangers (2017) (which he'd already covered on Midnight Screenings), which instead turned out to be a serious analysis of The New 52 and its biggest failings, presented in the style of Jimquisition.
      • In 2018, he posted a new episode of Mobile Suit Gundabrigded, but it was copyright claimed by YouTube. An Adam Westing Lewis Lovhaug tried to figure out what to do next, and what followed was an episode filled with Continuity Porn of every previous April Fools video, appropriate for the celebration of the show's tenth anniversary.
      • In 2019, he decided it was time to revisit an old classic, and once again review the aformentioned lamp from 2013. Like before, the video suddenly cuts out and switches to a review of a movie called "Gallery of Horror," this time doing a parody in the style of Phelous.
    • Doug Walker:
    • Todd in the Shadows: In 2014, his "Float On" One Hit Wonderland video first seems like it's going to be about the Modest Mouse song, only to then instead be about a similarly named song by a '70s R&B group called "The Floaters."
    • Brad Jones: His 2014 joke was to upload a new video to the DVD-R Hell section of the site, making it look like he's going to review the infamous The Day the Clown Cried. Instead the video turned out to be a parody of Demo Reel, a web series by Doug Walker that suffered Magnum Opus Dissonance.
      • In 2010, he and Phelous reviewed Troll 4, a movie that doesn't exist.
    • That Dude in the Suede, in 2017, interrupted his weekly series Suede's Pokémon Journey to review an episode of Digimon Adventure - while still claiming to believe it was a Pokémon episode from the Kanto era, to the point of bashing it over Off-Model characters and nonsensical plot developments (such as Meowth (actually Gatomon) really being Misty's (Kari) Pokémon).
  • In 2016, Team Four Star of Dragon Ball Z Abridged supposedly released the long-awaited Broly Abridged movie, with it's description stating that Markiplier and JonTron would be having a role in the movie. Except it was actually an abridged parody of Digimon: The Movie.
    • In 2019, the same team released what seemed to be a re-abridging of the Cell story arc...but was actually an abridging of the Garlic Jr. arc that they had intentionally skipped before.
  • The April 1 episode of Madd Man was not in fact about John Maddaloni trying to do a stunt and looking lame, but actually a fake trailer for a melodrama with hand puppets. Well, not puppets, just hands...it's easier if you watch for yourself.
  • Mother's Basement has released April Fools videos from 2016 to 2019. 2016's gag is a "What's in an OP?" of Cory in the House, which he described as a masterpiece of an anime. '17 and '18's are parodies of the formats from Game Theory and WatchMojo respectively. And '19's was a "What's in an OP?" of the first Shrek film.
  • Smosh during April 2014 uploaded their 1-hour special video, which starts out as some parody of an action-thriller movie. Which is then immediately followed by Anthony and Ian walking around their neighborhood... for the entire hour of the video.
  • Game Grumps has several April Fools jokes:
    • April 2014: "Cat Grumps," featuring ten minutes of cats doing random things. There was also "Meow Train", replacing Steam Train on the same day.
    • April 2015: Toon Grumps. Saying the show was cancelled, Arin & Ross spend an hour doing animation while Ross sketches a Starbomb video.
    • April 2016: Arin & Danny play Skyward Sword. Except there's no gameplay footage because they decided to do only face cam focusing on them instead.
    • April 2017: Arin debuted a new series called g that broke down the show's structure to a minimalist form, changing the series logo and uploading two "Let's Plays" that consisted of white screens with indiscernible images shown while a stream of random words were said for the whole video. They also to further the ideas of g on their Twitter, even after April Fools ended.
  • TV Trash put up a review of Reality Television consisting of him yelling, "IT SUCKS!", walking away, the closing credits, and ten minutes of a black screen.
  • Unskippable: As a preemptive April Fools' Day joke, Graham and Paul's March 30, 2010 video promised to riff on Final Fantasy XIII, and instead featured "Final Fantasy III". "How much difference can one X make?"
  • Vinesauce had a good one in 2015: Joel did his entire stream for that day in his native language (Swedish). He also messed around with Google Translate, translating English phrases into different languages and trying to say a few in Japanese.
  • Watcher Of The2000s had a gag on April 1, 2014, where a review for Dragon Ball Evolution was disguised as a review for The Watcher, a movie that resembles the name of the series.
  • Romhack website Romhacking.net put up a link on April 1, 2014 for a translation of Etrian Odyssey Retold, a supposed "hard version" of Etrian Odyssey. It was actually a full translation for the game 7th Dragon.
  • Playing With Mah Wii has done an April Fool's Day every year. The first one was titled "Playing With Mah Wii gets featured on Youtube!" which is really him reading The Other Wiki's article on April Fool's Day. Sometimes his AFD videos were on the first part of a playthrough that fans have wanted, only for them to not be the case, one of them's even a Shout-Out to Retsupurae!
  • A Dose of Buckley:
    • 2012 had "A Dose of Becky", Buckley's "Distaff Counterpart".
    • 2013 had the first standalone episode of "Jason's J'opinions", which is Buckley's parody of the stereotypical amateurish YouTube vlogger.
    • 2014 had "A Touch of Class" with Reginald Wentworth, where Buckley announces the crass, cynical angry humour would be replaced with a more refined and high brow British programme.
    • 2015 had "Douchebags of the Internet" with Realtalk Rudy, which is a Stylistic Suck parody of Buckley's "Scumbags of the Internet" series, with Buckley on the receiving end of Rudy's rant.
    • 2016 had "Collaboration Videos", where I Hate Everything hijacks Buckley's video and vice versa. Both Buckley and Alex rip on the concept of making collaboration videos on YouTube.
    • 2017 had "How It's Created: YouTube Videos", where he shows how a typical amateur YouTube video is created, done in the style of How It's Made.
    • 2018 had "'Epic Cat Prank' with Brogan Lolz", Buckley's parody of high-profile YouTubers, more specifically Logan Paul.
  • Ross's Game Dungeon did a review of Wolfenstein (2009) that was uploaded on April 1st, 2015. It was a perfectly normal episode of the show, except that the game was modded to replace every character's head with a pumpkin. Ross did not acknowledge this at all during the episode, except for an offhand comment about how getting headshots in the game felt extremely satisfying for some strange reason that he couldn't quite put his finger on, and he continued to play dumb in the comments section when asked about it. The episode also includes a fake-out where it looks like he's finally going to talk about the pumpkin heads, but then he talks about something else instead.
  • The Fallout series ''The Storyteller'' teamed up with another channel in 2016 to do a non-canon episode on the sexbot known as Fisto... and even had a link at the end of the episode that brought anyone who hit it to a video that started with them being told they'd been April Fool'd.
  • Scootertrix the Abridged in 2017 reuploaded "Bean Quest", their very first attempt at an MLP Abridged Series.
  • On April 1, 2017, the Hobo Bros uploaded a video claiming to be footage of a new Five Nights at Freddy's game. It was actually Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise, a children's game about a friendly teddy bear.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd: He pulled a new prank on his fanbase for four years in a row:
    • 2008: He posted an audio-only vlog ripping into the AVGN (originally titled "Sick to death of hearing about the Angry Nintendo Nerd") that was actually a parody of the infamous Armake21 vlog ripping into The Irate Gamer.
    • 2009: The obligatory "Goodbye Forever" video, in which he announces his new rapping career. His band Starship Amazing even made an actual rap EP, which can be found here.
    • 2010: He switched shows with The Gaming Historian, another Retroware personality. Derek talked about Shenmue, while Norman reviewed Ristar. This is also the only April Fools prank to date in which Derek does not break character, at least not explicitly.
    • 2011: His friend and bandmate Calvin hijacked his show, and did an improvised quasi-review/playthrough of Chrono Trigger.
    • 2014: The first episode of the meme-overloaded LIKECOMMENTSUBSCRIBESHOW with "Scare Cam" Cody and The Shitty Goose as they list the Top 10 NES boobs (at least two of the listed characters don't even have any) and start going to some really weird places.
  • A fanmade account, 1PressL2P, covers moments for The Runaway Guys playthroughs. On April Fools 2018, a highlight reel for Chapter 1 of the group's Dokapon Kingdom project was released, while the ongoing best moments series for their playthrough of Rayman Legends was still ongoing at the time. The main video was actually highlights of a vlog from a Player 4, Stephen Georg.
    • The same was done again for the following year. This time a video was uploaded as the Top 10 Moments from the guy's LP of Tri Force Heroes (which was expected at the time as voting had ended before April 1st). But once again, the video was more highlights from a vlog from a Player 4, Stephen Georg with the guys.
  • TierZoo did an entire Cryptid Episode video talking about tier listing for Cryptids for April Fools 2018. It was actually pretty legitimate for one, even giving somewhat scientific reasons for cryptid tiering such as the Chupacabra and Jackalope essentially being diseased animals and therefore low on the tier list, while the Loch Ness Monster and Mokèlé-mbèmbé were tiered high due to essentially being living prehistoric reptiles.
  • CinemaSins spends its time pointing out every flaw that Troll 2 has and removes a sin every single time. The sin counter goes beyond -6000 until the narrator nitpicks how the ending played out, adding all those sins back and gives the movie a final sin counter of zero. The movie's sentence? Trolled, which is followed by "Never Gonna Give You Up".
  • List of SiIvaGunner examples:
    • In 2016, SiIvaGunner released "April Fools Remixes" of the entire soundtrack for The Flintstones: The Rescue Of Dino & Hoppy, with additional "remixes" for a few songs from Sonic Lost World, Sutte Hakkun, and Final Fantasy XIII. The gag behind all these "remixes" that they are actually unedited rips, with the non-Flintstones rips already sounding like the theme from the cartoon. He later tweeted that he's quit making remixes, but worded vaguely so that people thought he meant he's quitting the channel. The joke album "GilvaSunner's Highest Quality Video Game Rips" was also released, but the original release was intentionally bloated with 245 uncompressed FLAC copies of "Grand Dad Metropolis" (244 of which being the original unedited song from Sonic Heroes), 245 identical pictures of Kevin Spacey, and an image of the "Official GilvaSunner Seal of Quality" with a filepath so long that it's impossible to delete if the downloader isn't careful upon extracting the .ZIP archive the album was contained in. An actual high quality rip of "Final Destination" from Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released through the channel of the real GilvaSunner.
    • In 2017, the channel mimicked the upload schedule of the real GilvaSunner and released the entire soundtrack of "Zero Grand Prix" (the accompanying album wasn't released until the following day). In addition, a collaboration with Chris Niosi was released in the form of a "Agent Yoru o Yuku" rip.
    • In 2018, a supposed Undertale album called "A High Quality Journey Through the Undergrand" was released, but the download links are fake, with the FLAC download being their earlier Maroon 5 parody album, and the MP3 download being just copies of "We Like Digging?", the debut album of Kara's Flowers (the original incarnation of Maroon 5). The accompanying video was designed to look like an announcement video for the album, but it was actually a lore video in which Inspector Gadget returns and takes over the channel again. Then an unexpected new face shows up on the channel — The Nostalgia Critic, who complains that Gadget is wasting his potential as a channel host by fixating on a single joke, and vows to steal the channel for himself. The following week after the video's release, he manages to do just that.
  • On March 31, 2019, pannenkoek2012 uploaded a Super Mario 64 video showing a Koopa Troopa's movement paths... in real time and as a premiere video, meaning that viewers could watch and chat over a video of a Koopa Troopa running around aimlessly in Bob-omb Battlefield for several hours.
  • Phelous has made quite a few videos for April Fool's Day, most of which reflect his affinity for meta humor:
    • In 2010, he made a short review for Army of Darkness that mostly consisted of minor nitpicks and missing the point of the film, such as not understanding that the movie had two alternate endings made.
    • In 2011, Phelan poked fun at the controversy surrounding the departure of the Tenth Doctor by killing off Phelous at the end of a review and replacing him with the "New Phelous", who promised a new direction for the show. The next video had him review the first Twilight movie, only to get bored and switch topics several times before Phelous D1 killed him and caused him to regenerate back to the original Phelous.
    • In 2012, Phelous reviewed the first episode of Mortal Komedy, his old Mortal Kombat parody series. He spent the entire video calling the bad comedy and production design, all while remaining oblivious to the fact he was the original creator.
    • In 2013, he reviewed Marvel Universe: The Book of the Dead in the style of Atop the Fourth Wall, complete with knock-offs of Linkara's supporting cast and a lampooning of his storylines. Eventually, the real Linkara shows up in order to save Phelous's ship from Phelous D1.
    • In 2014, Phelous reviewed a bootleg copy of Pokémon Gold for his "Bootleg Zones" series. As he plays through the game, it turns out to be a copy of Pokémon Lost Silver and Phelous eventually succumbs to Lavender Town Syndrome before dying.
    • In 2015, Phelous reviewed his very first review of Mac and Me, a review he considers to be an Old Shame due to his bad acting and poor jokes.
    • In 2016, he did an episode of "Bootleg Zones" covering some shoddily-made woooden Star Wars figurines he and his friends made back when they were kids. He gives them a glowing review, and scores them a perfect 10/10 across every category.
    • In 2017, Phelous posted what initially appeared to be a review of the 2016 remake of Cabin Fever. It did turn out to be a remake of Cabin Fever, only it was done in the style of the films made by Dingo Pictures.
    • In 2018, he posted "Phelous and the Movies EXPLAINED", which recapped his videos up to that point and tried to extrapolate a deeper meaning behind his silly sketches.
    • In 2019, he posted an episode of "Old Man Reads Creepypastas" where he reads "The Scariest Story in the Universe". Said story was a parody of bad Creepypastas written by Phelan about an overly paranoid man who believes that a regular copy of Silent Hill is actually a cursed video game.
  • MarphitimusBlackimus (known in part on his insightful videos on various aspects of the Half-Life series) released a video on April 1, 2019 called "Half-Life 2 - Every Watermelon in the Series", which was Exactly What It Says on the Tin. On the same day, he released a supposed "leaked movie clip" from a live-action Half-Life adaptation (actually a clip from Kamillions with the mad scientist character played by Harry S. Robins, who also plays Dr. Kleiner in Half-Life.)
  • Joseph Anderson uploaded a 12-minute analysis of Google Chrome's "T-Rex Runner," the game you can play on the browser when you don't have internet. The video plays the analysis entirely straight until the end, where he concludes... that Super Mario Odyssey is a 6/10.

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